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• Harald Herrmann of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County provides insight on how nonprofit innovation can help address times of hardship for organizations during COVID-19.
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Today, Harald Herrmann of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County shares how his team is navigating the pandemic and continuing to combat hunger in Orange County, California.
"Before COVID-19 made its way to the shores of America, our team was already putting a strategy in place. We held an all-hands meeting and decided to divide the organization into three working teams and two packing sites. We made the difficult decision to suspend our distribution center volunteer operation in order to further harden our perimeter. In response to the closure of our volunteer experience and because of the critical need for food processing staff, we also hired groups of part-time workers.
Our management team, along with specialists comprised of more than 20 individuals, have been meeting daily since March 9 to prepare for what is now very real: The closure of public schools and the historic economic impact brought on by physical distancing requirements.
Our mindset: We are a small but mighty team of 80+ at Second Harvest Food Bank! We have a plan. We have an outstanding group of committed individuals working together to serve everyone at risk in our community. We are committed to keep food flowing because quite simply, this food bank cannot close."
Read the full article about how nonprofits innovate during COVID-19 at Charity Navigator.